Here at BHFCU, we aim to embody the credit union philosophy of "People Helping People." Our Community Action Team is comprised of groups of employees, who volunteer their time and energy to co-chair various fundraising endeavors. We're committed to improving the communities BHFCU serves and the lives of those who call the area home.
Projects in June...
Feeding South Dakota Food Drive
June 15 - 26
BHFCU members can drop off non-perishable food items at BHFCU locations.
Earlier this year...
United Way of the Black Hills
BHFCU employees proved that a group of people working toward a common cause can make a huge difference; they pledged $12,741 toward the United Way of the Black Hills!
Together, BHFCU members and employees raised $1,597 by treating themselves at a BHFCU Bake Sale to benefit the Alzheimer's Association of the Black Hills.
Autism Society of the Black Hills
Employees raised more than $950 slurping soup and savoring chili at a Soup & Chili potluck to benefit Autism Society of the Black Hills, a non-profit offering families access to support groups and resources.
Habitat for Humanity
It's easy to lend a hand, especially for a great cause. This fall, employees donated funds in exchange for candy hands -- in total, BHFCU raised $875!
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Employees pooled their resources and raised more than $1,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. A restaurant fundraiser, product sale, and gift basket raffle contributed to the fundraising success.
Pierre Elks Lodge
BHFCU employees played a bit of BINGO and raised $600 for the Pierre Elks Lodge. The Lodge invests in the Pierre community and helps children grow up healthy and drug-free.
BHFCU sweet tooths took part in a Bite-Size Brownie Bake-Off for a sweet cause -- a nationwide nonprofit aimed at giving girls confidence and providing fun, exciting, educational and recreational activities. A brownie baker at each Member Service Center was named BHFCU Brownie Baking Champion and together, employees raised $650!
Cornerstone Rescue Mission
August - September
BHFCU employees banded together and collected canned goods and non-perishable food for the Cornerstone Rescue Mission in Rapid City -- the main provider of shelter and only ongoing and free source of meals for homeless in the Black Hills. In total, staff collected 16 bags of groceries and raised $480 for the Mission.
18th Annual School Supply Drive
July - August
For an 18th year, Black Hills Federal Credit Union has helped ensure that thousands of students in more than 60 schools throughout western and central South Dakota start their school year on a successful foot with the supplies they need. Through generous donations from community partners, corporate sponsors, credit union staff and members, BHFCU collected more than 77,000 supplies for their School Supply Drive.
Children's Miracle Network
BHFCU employees put their money on rubber ducks-- a record breaking $6,699, to be exact-- for the 25th Annual Great Black Hills Duck Race! Funds will help provide services for children at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Rapid City employees took part in a war -- a Penny Way to benefit Storybook Island! The six Member Service Centers raised more than $620.
American Cancer Society - Relay for Life
Employees joined the fight against cancer and raised nearly $550 for American Cancer Society - Relay for Life through various restaurant fundraisers and participation in the Relay for Life Pennington County event.
Children's Home Society
100% of the proceeds from the concessions stand at BHFCU's for the 25th Annual Member Auto Sale--more than $300!--benefitted Children's Home Society of South Dakota and their mission to protect, support and enhance the lives of children, women and families.
Employees sent well-wishes to one another, and donated $600 to the South Dakota Make-A-Wish Foundation!
Bowl for Kid's Sake
BHFCU bowlers had generosity to spare and they were ready to strike! The group raised more than $1,130 for Bowl for Kid's Sake benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Black Hills. That total even earned BHFCU the title of Top Business Fundraiser!
Troop Care Packages
Employees supported our troops and raised more than $700 with a patriotic potluck. Funds raised went toward creating care packages for South Dakota soldiers overseas.
Readiatrics Book Drive
February - May
A whopping 1,633 books were donated to the South Dakota Department of Health by BHFCU employees and members. The Department of Health will distribute the books to children receiving care.
WAVI, WEAVE, Artemis House, Sacred Heart
Both employee and members donated funds and personal care items. In total, we collected $601, 554 items and 10 bags of clothes for domestic violence shelters in Rapid City, Custer, Spearfish and Eagle Butte.
BHFCU employees feasted on festive food for a fundraising TAILgate. Employees raised $1,002 for Western Hills Humane Society in Spearfish, Battle Mountain Humane Society in Hot Springs, and Humane Society of the Black Hills in Rapid City.
Valentines for Veterans
January - February
In an effort to show veterans how grateful we are for everything they've done for our country, BHFCU employees created nearly 1,000 valentines and distributed the hand-crafted cards on Valentine's Day!
Cornerstone Rescue Mission
January - February
While temperatures dropped, BHFCU employees Shared the Warmth with the Cornerstone Rescue Mission-- and invited members to help. Both employees and members raised more than $800 and collected 35 blankets, 8 pillows, 4 pillow cases, and 7 sets of sheets.
Every Friday BHFCU employees donate $2 each to a worthy cause for the opportunity to wear jeans. The following organizations have benefited from Jeans Days in 2015: Cornerstone Rescue Mission, Front Porch Coalition, Humane Society of the Black Hills, March of Dimes, Wellsprings Inc., Working Against Violence Inc., Big Brothers Big Sister, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Troops Care Packages, and the Relay for Life - Rapid City.